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Education & Tech, was created to build hope that education based on social technologies, can transform the new century, and enable abundance not only spiritually but economically. Milton Ramirez, Ed.D. - @tonnet is the founder & editor. He is a teacher, tech blogger, writes on education, and hails this blog from Union, NJ. For further questions, tips or concerns please e-mail him to:miltonramirez [at] educationandtech [dot] com

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If you are a regular to Blog Education & Tech, you shall remember that I am a blogger and I'd written a post about education almost everyday since 2003. Education & Tech provides you with education news, expert tech advice, classroom management ideas, and social media tools for educators, administrators, parents and k-12 students.

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Joan Hughes: On Ecology of Learning & Technology Leadership

All this wonderful experiences originated at the TechForum SW8 and Miguel Guhlin was ready to record an interesting conversation had with Dr. Joan Hughes, participant from the University of Texas at Austin.

Listen her remarks and if you have any more concerns about what she's spoken contact her at her e-mail address: joanh@mail.utexas.eduor use the snail mail:

The University of Texas at Austin
Curriculum & Instruction
1 University Station
Austin, TX 78712-0379
UTMailCode: D5700

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Does Reading Makes You a Better Teacher?

Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify,to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life feel free, significant and interesting"  -Aldous Huxley

Think about this at your next teacher in-service as the latest and most innovative ways to teach literacy are revealed. Please do not forget the source of our most powerful teaching comes from mining our own literacy lives. When we read and write for ourselves, collaborate and create with others around those experiences we can understand the learning process from the inside out-the best way.

Challenge yourself to grow as a reader in one of the following ways. Read the whole post here.

Who Will Be the Next Obama's Secretary of Education?

There are a number of names being discussed for the Secretary of Education cabinet position. Caroline Kennedy is mentioned, and a number of other names including Linda Darling-Hammond, James Hunt and Janet Napolitano are part of a list compiled by Paul Basken for The Chronicle of Education.

Like President Obama, the next US Education Secretary is inheriting a mountain of problems. The long embattled No Child Left Behind Act, the Bush administration’s signature education agenda, is slated for serious revisions or a shallow grave. The country’s economic crisis has seen massive layoffs in large urban districts and state education agencies borrowing from savings to make payroll. In such dire economic times, Obama’s proposed additional $18 million per year for education may be a tough promise to keep.

Education, an issue that received little media attention during the campaign season, is nonetheless an important priority for the new Obama administration (discarted we first solve our economic battle).

Here’s the list of top contenders for the next Secretary of Education according to Ms. Leigh Hopkins.

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Internet Safety: Kids Are Fearless and Parents Are Clueless

Internet use at ages 7 to 9 is mostly for fun, use peaking happens between the ages of 12 and 16 when it is mostly for online socialising and research for schoolwork. By age 17 most use the internet for research and some online gaming (Don't count the 10% of teenagers believed to be gaming addicts) says, Robyn Treyvaud.

Seems to me the author of the cited Treyvaud, is urging parents not to panic if they find themselves in the dark about what’s going on. That if they want to have some conversation about setting boundaries .. they’ll need to know more about what goes on in the worlds of social networking.

There is nothing to fear from sites like YouTube, MySpace, Facebook, hi5, Bebo, Twitter, Windows Live Messenger, Habbo, Second Life, World of Warcraft and iTunes - yes, I know, many parents are bewildered by such terminology and have only a dim understanding of what they are or how they work, but if we teach Digital Ethics and set strict rules at home, of what is meant by cyberbullying, no concerns need to arose.

Parents need to be encouraged to view the online world as a navigable terrain, and to converse openly with their children about their online time. As a parent-educator myself, I am mindful to encourage partnerships with parents and children to best form an understanding of appropriate online behaviours, just as we encourage appropriate classroom and schoolyard behaviours.

Remember the idealism of your youth? We need to stop ‘spying’ on our children just to become conversant in a‘digital native’ language. Please, stop viewing the Internet as a problem and start finding the opportunities for dialogue – who knows, we may even find that the kids have something to say that deserves more than ever our acute attention.

Technology Helps Students and Researchers Share Resources

Lectures are increasingly being captured, either so that students can use them as reviews, or so that students can miss the live lecture. Institutions are increasingly creating collaborative assignments, completing the assignment in a group. This increases the engagement of the students, and also gives them an additional life skill, that of working as part of a group. Solutions that capture lectures, increase engagement, and help collaboration are in demand.

For recording lectures, the trend is for the software to integrate with the LMS (Blackboard, Sakai, Angel, etc.), and for it to be tagged and searchable. Thus, if the instructor’s computer has notes about a particular point, students should be able to query that point and go directly to the section of the lecture-capture that addresses it without having to listen to the entire lecture.

Read whole article here.

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How to Track the U.S. Elecction Online

It's election time. Finally, and I am excited! Tomorrow evening either Barack Obama or John McCain will become the next President of the United States. But like most of you guys, I’ll be watching the results very closely. Four months ago Obama accepted the nomination for president of the United States, and he became the first African-American to head the ticket of a major political party. It's my hope that tomorrow is the day his campaign comes to a victorious end.

This are some of the places where you can keep up with the election results on Nov 4th. (But make sure you already know how to read the numbers):

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Washington Teachers On the Dropout Rate

It's good to see major media reporting on the dropout rate, and why it, not standardized testing, is the central educational problem of our time. But what are the contentions?

1. Parents are key to high school success.
2. Kids are less likely to graduate than their parents.

Conclusion: Parents are secretly undermining their kids' chances.(Satirical!)

Via/ Educators in the Evergreen State

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The Value of Education: Conservative vs. Liberal

Education was under scrutiny yesterday at the Mary Ward center. The debate, introduced and chaired by Anja Steinbauer from pfa London, was indeed fundamental. What is the value of education, is it formative in the sense that it changes your nature, does it make you a better person or citizen? And how to judge if an education is successful?

Early in the debate, the distinction was made between what one could call conservative education and liberal education. The goal of conservative education being to transfer values, traditions from a generation to another. In simplistic terms, so that children learn to act like their parents. On the other side, the goal of liberal education is to enable critical thinking. It is thus more related to Socratic education, based on the idea that the teacher’s responsibility is not to give answers but to lead his pupils to their own discoveries

Read the whole history at Christophe Bruchansky Blog.

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